Quietly set back on a landscaped parcel with two tranquil ponds, Mill Commons utilizes many of the materials and design elements — like brownstone detailing and oversized windows — found at the mill. While this distinctive residential community has a park-like setting, it also affords in-town convenience. Walk to Town Center for shopping, and on Friday evenings, take in a concert at the Performing Arts Center. On your way to the venue, you can stop for dinner at Millwright’s, the farm fresh restaurant located next door in the mill.

Design a Gallery Wall These Pro Pointers

August 23, 2016 2:46 pm

A gallery wall can elevate the style of your space and really make a personal statement about your life and style. However, the process takes time, preparation, and patience. Here are some tips to help you build your own gallery wall!

  • Pick out your frames and create diagrams to help play around with some layout ideas.
  • Lay out your frames on your floor before hanging them on your wall to measure everything out.
  • If you find purchasing prints to be too pricey, use your own photography, pictures of family, or restore old photos to place in the frames for a personal touch.
  • You can also hang up empty frames and collect pieces of art over time so you won’t have to splurge on a lot of pieces all at once.
  • Use one large piece to start your collection, then use different sizes and orientation of the pieces to fill space and keep your eyes moving.
  • If you’re going for more of a classic look, use a nine-square grid layout with even space between each frame.
  • Use sturdy frame hangers to protect your walls and your photos against scratches and nicks.

How To Create A Gallery Wall [Pottery Barn]
How To Create a Gallery Wall on a Budget [Apartment Therapy]​
The Guide To A Well Hung Gallery Wall [Emily Henderson]

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Stop and Smell the Roses at Elizabeth Park in Hartford

August 16, 2016 3:32 pm

Elizabeth Park is a historical West Hartford gem with over 100 impressive acres of stunning gardens, wide open green space, serene walking paths, and a variety of recreational facilities.

From tennis courts and softball fields, to basketball and lawn bowling, you’ll find everything you need for a great day outdoors. Take a stroll over the stone bridges over the Laurel Pond, or enjoy a picnic or a fabulous brunch outside at the famous Pond House café. Visit the beautiful Perennial or Tulip Garden, escape the heat in the shade garden, or take a walk through the Overlook, East Lawn, and the Horticultural Garden. Don’t miss the central Rose Garden, which has been the focal point of Elizabeth Park for over 100 years.

There are no admission fees, so Elizabeth Park is the perfect place for your next family outing or special date. Visit the website to learn more about all that Elizabeth Park has to offer the West Hartford community.

Elizabeth Park
1561 Asylum Ave
West Hartford, CT 06117
(860) 231-9443
www.elizabethparkct.org/index.html

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Three Awesome Ways to Decorate With Maps

August 9, 2016 4:31 pm

These days, mobile maps can definitely be more useful for traveling than a paper map. However, paper maps are beautiful to look at! So why not use them in your home decor? Here are three creative ways you can decorate with a map.

  • Use a map to revamp your lampshade and give it a warm, vintage feel. All you need to do is find an atlas with pictures of beautiful maps inside, a lamp with a shade, and a few craft items. Make a template for your shade and test it out to make sure it fits perfectly. Then, just lay out your template on top of your map pages and make the pages match the size of the template. Finally, use some rubber cement to glue your map on and you're finished!
  • Cover the drawers of your plain-looking dresser with a map. You're pretty much going to use the same process you did for the lamp. Make sure to measure everything out perfectly and remember to cut out tiny circles for the knobs.
  • Give your living room a unique, vintage feel by covering the top of your glass coffee table with a map. If you have a large enough coffee table, you may even be able to see the whole map.

Vintage Map Lampshade [Pretty Handy Girl]
10 Ways to Decorate Your Home with Maps [Babble]
7 Ways to Decorate with Maps and Globes [Conde Nast]

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